Just 29 days after reaching the Salt Lake Valley, President Brigham Young organized a choir to sing in a conference on August 22, 1847, according to a blog post on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's blog. This small choir blossomed and grew into a 360-member choir that was later dubbed by President Ronald Reagan as "America's Choir" and has sung with world-famous artists like Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, John Denver, and more.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir began broadcasting Music and the Spoken Word in 1929, making it the world’s longest continuing network broadcast. On their blog, the choir also posted this sound clip from their first recording:
And, in celebration of all the choir has achieved, check out some of their most-viewed videos from YouTube:
Lead image from templesquare.com
For more performances of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing with super stars, check out their latest CD, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Friends.